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It all began in the Summer of 1988 at a Cody, Wyoming rally hosted by Rider Magazine. About 15 or so Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 owners began "hanging out" in the afternoons and one day Rob Stevens said, "Why don't we start a Concours club?" Some time after Rob got home he took out a small magazine advertisement seeking out other Concours owners interested in forming an owners group. Those who replied received this December 1988 letter from Rob explaining his plan. A month later Rob sent out this January 1989 pre-start update letter. Shortly after this he got 50 founding members and COG was rolling.
Officially founded in the spring of 1989, the Concours Owners Group (COG) was formed to serve the interests of Kawasaki Concours and Kawasaki GTR enthusiasts, riders, and friends worldwide. The club has evolved to become a premier sport touring club. It is an AMA Chartered, incorporated IRS 501(c)(7) not-for-profit, volunteer run social club.
In the summer of 1989 was the publication of the first Concours Owners Group Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1. This newsletter eventually became the Concourier magazine of today.
Who Can Join COG?
We welcome the riders of ANY brand or model of motorcycle as members and at any of our events. Most of our active members and associates reside primarily in the United States and Canada, but there are some members residing in other parts of the world.
Want to learn more about COG? Check out the Commonly Asked Questions
A dedicated team of 50+ volunteer officers are spread across the USA and Canada. These men and women, with assistance from other members, organize the club activities and events each year. Over the years our volunteers have hosted over 1,500 rallies, events, and other activities to provide members, guests, and friends opportunities to come together to share common interest and enjoyment for the sport of motorcycling. Typical activities include, but are not limited to: Social events, day trips, overnight trips, weekend rallies, motorcycle safety courses, and an occasional maintenance demonstration or group wrench session. Rallies typically involve riding the best roads of an area and great camaraderie.
Learn how COG is geographically divided into six COG Areas to better serve the needs of the members.
COG's Online Evolution
The Concours Owners Group first went online in March 1996 with the help of a group of enthusiastic "uber-geeks". The complete history and articles from The Concourier talking about COG-NET, Concours.org, and COG-Online.org can be found here: COG's Online Evolution.
COG/Concours in the Press
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